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Syracuse University Hosts Event on Violence Against Indian Women

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Today at Syracuse University in Upstate New York, two groups are sponsoring an event focused on helping American Indian female victims of abuse survive and cope with the trauma, reported

Titled “You are Creation: Culture Creates Power and Strength,” the event from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday is open to the public. It takes place at the University's Heritage Lounge on the third floor of White Hall at Syracuse University’s College of Law.

The Haudenosaunee Coalition for Women’s Empowerment, based in Hogansburg, New York, and The Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship, at Syracuse University’s College of Law, are cosponsoring the event.

“It’s a workshop focusing on sexual assault,” said Carrie Garrow, executive director of The Center for Indigenous Law. “It will also focus on healing and dealing with trauma.”

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Leading the discussion will be: Beverly Cook, a family nurse practitioner and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), and Karonienhawi Thomas—a St. Regis Mohawk tribal police special investigator of crimes against women and children, including sex crimes, child abuse and neglect.

Click here for a list of resources for victims of abuse.